Definition of legatee in English:

legatee

noun

  • A person who receives a legacy.

    • ‘Further, there is no reason why a legatee cannot effectively renounce his entitlement to shares without executing a deed.’
    • ‘The duty owed by the solicitors to the specific legatees is not a duty to take care to ensure that the specific legatee receives his legacy.’
    • ‘A will nominating no heir, but only legatees, i.e. persons who will receive certain objects or rights, is called a codicil.’
    • ‘In these respects the ‘charity’ is assimilated to an ordinary individual legatee.’
    • ‘Vanstone dies, and Magdalen, disguising herself as a parlourmaid, penetrates the house of the trustee of his will to find the document which reveals the legatee.’
    beneficiary, inheritor, heir, heiress, recipient, receiver, payee, assignee
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Origin

Late 17th century: from 15th-century legate ‘bequeath’ (from Latin legare ‘delegate, bequeath’) + -ee.

Pronunciation

legatee

/ˌleɡəˈtē//ˌlɛɡəˈti/